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Underpinning science and advice through data and information services

Marine observations are increasingly collected, coordinated, and assembled at a regional sea scale. It is, therefore, paramount that ICES has the capacity for dealing with, and developing, data services that deliver increasingly complex and interlinked data and processes in an effective and useful way to data users. ICES must ensure that it delivers appropriate dataset collections and services to fully address scientific questions and regional management goals. ICES will maintain its leadership in marine data and information management by providing long-term data stewardship and services for its advisory and science groups, as well as society at large, and provide tools and knowledge to facilitate this use.

Goal 4 Promote the advancement of data and information services for science and advice needs

Goal 5 Catalyse best practices in marine data management, and promote the ICES data nodes as a global resource

Supporting Activities The ecosystem approach places a high demand on the complexity and amount of data and knowledge needed to enhance science, and to support informed, evidence-based management decisions. ICES will achieve this by: •

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promoting the advancement of data and information services for science and advice needs at both regional and subregional levels, such as providing operational products for marine spatial planning, the Data Collection Framework, and for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive; gearing up for new/expanding areas of dataset collections, such as new datasets from integrated ecosystem monitoring, including marine litter, and anthropogenic noise in the marine environment; ensuring the use of international standards/interoperability to enable the use and application of ICES datasets, products, and services to an expanded international user base, and to provide tools and knowledge to facilitate this use.

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These and related activities will be implemented through the Data and Information Plan.

ICES Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018  
ICES Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018